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What Indians Did On Twitter in 2014 [Top Twitter Moments]

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A social network like Twitter is much more than a platform to send Tweets: It is a summary of the nation’s mood, a reflection of the country’s ambitions and a barometer to check the pulse of its citizens.

Out of 271 million users of Twitter globally, which posts 500 million Tweets every 24 hours, 35 million users are from India.

35 million or 3.5 crore Internet savvy Indians use Twitter to share their joy, pain, sufferings and desires. The short 140 characters messages which these 3.5 crore Indians shared via Twitter can be described as an amalgamation of their emotions and their state of mind.

What can be a better way to understand India in 2014, than analyzing the top moments of Twitter India?

2014 India On Twitter

Most ReTweeted Tweet of India in 2014

On May 16, 2014, 12.09 PM, India’s 15th Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the victory news via Twitter, and that Tweet has become the Golden Tweet for 2014 with 70,513 retweets.

Never before in the history of Independent India, a PM had shared his joy this way. Surely a defining moment for India.

Golden Tweet

Right now, after Barack Obama, Narendra Modi is the most followed leader globally.

At #2 is Bollywood heartthrob and superstar Salman Khan’s Tweet sharing the link of his movie Kick’s trailer which received 51,981 ReTweets.

Top 20 Tweets of India in 2014:

  1. @narendramodi, 70,515 RTs: https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/467192528878329856
  2. @beingsalmankhan,51,981 RTs:
  3. @VEERIAN, 30,853 RTs: https://twitter.com/VEERIAN/status/485442656156127232
  4. @taran_adarsh, 24,657 RTs: https://twitter.com/taran_adarsh/statuses/444166921882062848
  5. @beingsalmankhan, 18,374 RTs: https://twitter.com/BeingSalmanKhan/statuses/444806659467005952
  6. @superstarrajini, 14,979 RTs: https://twitter.com/superstarrajini/status/463263835227684864
  7. @atulreellife, 13,161 RTs: https://twitter.com/atulreellife/status/442721711343939584
  8. @VEERIAN, 12,789 RTs: https://twitter.com/VEERIAN/status/485453501565136896
  9. @MarsOrbiter, 12,495 RTs: https://twitter.com/MarsOrbiter/status/514618412417302528
  10. @MarsOrbiter, 12,488 RTs: https://twitter.com/MarsOrbiter/status/514603320137097216
  11. @superstarrajini, 12,391 RTs: https://twitter.com/superstarrajini/status/467231560899362816
  12. @narendramodi, 12,370 RTs: https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/467213500767404032
  13. @SonyMusicIn, 11,440 RTs: https://twitter.com/SonyMusicIn/status/463932527137157121
  14. @deepikapadukone, 11,323RTshttps://twitter.com/deepikapadukone/status/533575410705911809
  15. @sonakshisinha, 10,020 RTs: https://twitter.com/sonakshisinha/status/532760682945466368
  16. @deepikapadukone, 9,363 RTs: https://twitter.com/deepikapadukone/status/511070655442219008
  17. @deepikapadukone, 9,334 RTs: https://twitter.com/deepikapadukone/status/511070915170271233
  18. @iamsrk, 8,967 RTs:
  19. @sachin_rt, 8,510 RTs: https://twitter.com/sachin_rt/status/538299716203601920
  20. @narendramodi, 7,995 RTs:

Most Followed Indians on Twitter

Bollywood is a very important factor in the overall life of an Indian, and the fact gets cemented via Twitter as well. Not surprisingly, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is the most followed Indian on Twitter right now with 11,818,056 followers. Shahrukh Khan with 10,246,755 followers is at #2 while Aamir Khan with 9,866,492 followers is at #3.

Here is the list of top 20 most followed Indians on Twitter:

Rank Twitter Handle Name No. of Followers Description
1 @srbachchan Amitabh Bachchan 11,818,056 Actor
2 @iamsrk Shah Rukh Khan 10,246,755 Actor
3 @aamir_khan Aamir Khan 9,866,492 Actor
4 @beingsalmankhan Salman Khan 9,426,989 Film actor, artist, painter, humanitarian
5 @narendramodi Narendra Modi 8,424,709 Prime Minister of India
6 @deepikapadukone Deepika Padukone 8,349,273 Actor
7 @priyankachopra Priyanka Chopra 7,914,122 Actor,Recording Artist
8 @ihrithik Hrithik Roshan 7,574,967 Actor
9 @akshaykumar Akshay Kumar 6,685,653 Actor
10 @arrahman A.R.  Rahman 5,607,203 Grammy and Academy Award winning musician
11 @sonamakapoor Sonam Kapoor 5,361,947 Actor
12 @juniorbachchan Abhishek Bachchan 5,334,509 Actor / Sports Teams Onwer in the ISL & KPL
13 @shahidkapoor Shahid Kapoor 5,061,589 Actor
14 @karanjohar Karan Johar 5,037,354 Director, Producer,Writer & Talk show host
15 @sachin_rt Sachin Tendulkar 4,814,118 Cricketer
16 @imvkohli Virat Kohli 4,674,709 Cricketer
17 @faroutakhtar Farhan Akhtar 4,101,438 Film maker/ Founder- MARD Initiative
18 @PMOIndia Office of the Prime Minister of India 3,865,610 Office of the Prime Minister of India
19 @anushkasharma Anushka Sharma 3,778,403 Actor
20 @chetan_bhagat Chetan Bhagat 3,698,422 Author

Famous Personalities Who Joined Twitter in 2014

When superstar Rajinikanth joined Twitter on May 4th, he had more than 2,00,000 followers within 24 hours, a feat which no one else in India has ever achieved. The President of India’s Twitter account debuted, along with actor Arjun Kapoor and ISRO’s Mars Orbitor. Here are the top 20 personalities which joined Twitter in 2014:

NAME TWITTER HANDLE FIELD OF WORK FOLLOWERS AS ON 09.12
Rajinikanth @SuperStarRajini Entertainment 1,128,418
Arjun Kapoor @arjunk26 Entertainment 5,37,539
President of India @RashtrapatiBhvn Politics 3,06,473
ISRO’s Mars Orbiter @MarsOrbiter Science/Astronomy 2,13,717
Ministry of Railways @RailMinIndia Government 1,44,159
VVS Laxman @VVSLaxman281 Cricket 1,22,348
Kajol @KajolAtUN Entertainment 66,166
Twinkle Khanna @mrsfunnybones Entertainment 60,143
Anil Kumble @anilkumble1074 Cricket 56,806
Kirron Kher @KirronKherBJP Entertainment / Politics 54,033
Kailash Satyarthi @k_satyarthi Government 50,969
Alok Nath @aloknath Entertainment 36,385
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare @MoHFW_INDIA Government 32,002
Ministry of Textiles @TexMinIndia Government 11,176
Ministry of Finance @FinMinIndia Government 9,953
Uday Kotak @udaykotak Business 6,669
Armaan Jain @TheArmaanJain Entertainment 5,355
Amit Trivedi @ItsAmitTrivedi Entertainment 4,876
Prakash Jha @prakashjha27 Entertainment / Politics 1,870

Twitter Accounts With Fastest Growth in 2014

PM Modi added 4.6 million new followers in 2014, a record in itself because he had less than half of them at the start of the year. Aamir Khan, the evergreen popular Bollywood actor added 3.9 million followers while Amitabh Bachchan was followed by 3.7 million new followers in 2014.

Here are the top 20 Twitter accounts which grew fastest in 2014:

NAME TWITTER HANDLE FOLLOWERS AS OF 09.12 FOLLOWERS ADDED IN 2014 % GROWTH
Narendra Modi @narendramodi 8,501,699 4,629,463 54.45%
Aamir Khan @aamir_khan 9,925,022 3,952,276 39.82%
Amitabh Bachchan @SrBachchan 11,881,345 3,770,921 31.74%
Shah Rukh Khan @iamsrk 10,296,567 3,639,211 35.34%
Salman Khan @BeingSalmanKhan 9,475,555 3,207,672 33.85%
Deepika Padukone @deepikapadukone 8,399,197 3,033,837 36.12%
Hrithik Roshan @iHrithik 7,616,018 2,436,798 32.00%
Priyanka Chopra @priyankachopra 7,951,533 2,380,180 29.93%
Office of the Prime Minister of India @PMOIndia 3,872,917 2,355,778 60.83%
Akshay Kumar @akshaykumar 6,721,957 2,306,299 34.31%

Twitter Hashtags Which Shook India in 2014

Hashtags represent the trend, the pulse which is influencing the country, and in that list, #WordCup2014 was the fastest spreading hashtag in 2014. Malaysian airlines MH370, which disappeared from radars and is still missing was at #2 position, followed by #MufflerMan which represented Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal.

Here are the top 10 hashtags which spread like wildfire in 2014:

RANK HASHTAGS DESCRIPTION
1. #WorldCup2014 Refers to conversation around Football World Cup 2014 held in Brazil
2. #MH370 MH370 was a flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014
3. #MufflerMan  #MufflerMan refers to a campaign by Aam Aadmi Party
4. #MUFC #MUFC refers to Football fans following  Manchester United Football Club
5. #KashmirFloods Update on  JK flood relief operation by assisting the Indian army
6. #QuitAAP Public outrage against Aam Aadmi Party
7. #IndvsEng #IndvsEng refers to India vs England cricket match played
8. #Results2014 Information on the Lok Sabha elections results
9. #IPL7 Conversations around Pepsi Indian Premier League cricket tournament
10. #AusOpen Conversations around 2014 Australian Open

Twitter Conversations Which Engaged Maximum Indians

Twitter heavily revolves around the news, the current happenings and the new trends. When Rohit Sharma scored 264 against Sri Lanka in November, then the topic ignited unprecedented conversations and Twitter India was on fire. Similarly when Rajinikanth joined Twitter, 200,000 followers had connected with him within 24 hours.

Here are the top 10 Twitter conversations of 2014:

RANK DATE MOMENT
1. 13 Nov 2014 Rohit Sharma scores 264 runs vs Sri Lanka. He claimed the record for the world’s highest ever ODI score by an individual
2. 4 May 2014 Rajinikanth joins Twitter with a message of thanks to his legion of fans and has over 200,000 followers within the first two days
3. 22 April 2014 PM candidate Narendra Modi refrains his supporters from making irresponsible statements during the election campaign
4. 2 May 2014 The 2014 season of the Pepsi IPL returns to India
5. 3 May 2014 Narendra Modi gives an interview for a Hindi News channel leading to a big debate on Freedom of Press
6. 23 April 2014 Kejriwal files nomination papers from Varanasi as Shazia Ilmi stokes controversy over communal comment
7. 23 Oct 2014 India celebrates Diwali
8. 21 May 2014 Arvind Kejriwal arrested for protesting on the streets of Delhi
9. 2 July 2014 Outrage over tennis star Maria Sharapova claiming she does not know who cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is
10. 11 April 2014 SP leader Abu Azmi’s rakes up controversy by claiming there should be punishment involved women in rape cases
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